What the Post didn't say about Obama

Or, what you might not know about "what you might not know."

By Tim Grieve

Published December 14, 2007 12:59PM (EST)

As part of its weeklong series of profiles of the presidential candidates, the Washington Post this morning offers a piece called "What You Might Not Know About Obama."

Among the three things "You Might Not Know": In a point that's being pushed by the Clinton campaign, the Post says that then-state Sen. Barack Obama voted "present" instead of "yes" or "no" in 2001 on two measures that would have required parental notification for minors seeking abortions -- despite the fact that "five years earlier, he had filled out an issues questionnaire for the influential Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization opposing such notifications. 'Do you support parent consent/notification for minors seeking abortion?' the survey asked. 'No,' he wrote. Obama also answered that he supported Medicaid funding and state worker insurance coverage for abortion and that he didn't support 'any other' restrictions on the procedure.

What "You Might Not Know" from reading the Post's account (because the Post doesn't bother to mention it): Obama's presidential campaign has said that Obama "never saw or approved" the 1996 questionnaire, which it says was "filled out by an aide who has conceded she never got Obama's sign-off."

We're not saying that the Obama campaign's account is necessarily the gospel truth, but we are saying that Post -- fresh off its front-pager on rumors that Obama is a "Muslim plant" --- had an obligation to acknowledge it.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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